Sunday has arrived….St. Patrick’s Day at that…..and day twelve of my sabbatical from all forms of social media. This morning I awoke and checked my stats on WordPress and noticed there were zero views. I thought perhaps FB was down again, it being my main referral page. I even considered that WordPress was having issues or was down for maintenance. A quick check showed neither was the case. I went and ran a few errands and returned to see one viewer had seen four posts, so figured it was just a slow start to the day.
I will be the first to admit that I have an addiction to social media. Twelve days going without access has shown me how much of waking day was being taken up by checking in on the different platforms and scrolling their pages. I still check my email quite frequently and also check my WordPress stats several times per day, but those two take a minimal amount of time. There’s quite a chunk of time that would be spent on social media that has been freed up.
I’ve done a lot more writing in my journal these past two weeks. I’ve also focused a bit more on reading blogs on WP and checking out news websites. I don’t consider YouTube to be true social media, so I’ve viewed more than my share of videos of different sorts there.
I need to take a more serious approach to housework, that is for certain. There’s a lot of the time that I would be spending on social media that I could be using to get things in order around the house. But for some unknown reason, I find this so difficult to get started on. And I’m not willing to accept the excuse that “I’m a guy and that’s just the way guys tend to be.”
I have done quite a bit of grading student work already this weekend. I still need to do my lesson plans for the week and make out detailed plans for a substitute that will be teaching my class on Tuesday of this upcoming week. I think it’s easy to say that a teacher’s work is never completely done. There’s always something else that I could be doing in that area.
I will be logging on to social media again on April 25th, Easter Sunday. That’s five more weeks of my hiatus and I wish I could say it’s going to get easier as time goes on, but that remains to be seen. Such is the nature of the beast.